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LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: SA may need a commission on commissions

Dave Marrs promo
11 hour(s) ago

We’d be better off if those provinces with the capability to govern themselves properly were granted greater autonomy

Put two and two together to identify PIC’s next boss

13 hour(s) ago

Looking at the criteria listed for the position of PIC’s next chief, it is highly probable that Daniel Matjila will succeed Elias Masilela

Insular Australia cricket team denying themselves pleasure of local adventures

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13 hour(s) ago

Unlike Proteas, other touring team has kept away from interacting with Zimbabweans, missing out on golden opportunities

THE INSIDER: Getting tangled in much-used advertising slogan

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13 hour(s) ago

Getting rid of the meaningless expression ‘we can’ will be no pushover

ON THE WATER: Running chickens and cattle not everyone’s cuppa

President Jacob Zuma's  Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
1 day(s) ago

If we can forgive the princes of apartheid their transgressions, we can afford a soon-to-be former Number One another chance, writes Neels Blom

STRAIGHT TALK: Dos and dont’s of state intervention

Mark Barnes promo
1 day(s) ago

Across economies, government intervention has sought to protect businesses at home and back them in their quest to grow offshore, writes Mark Barnes

Ten of the most disturbing of Zuma’s quotes

1 day(s) ago

An abhorrent disconnect with accountability and responsibility has become a hallmark of Zuma’s leadership, writes Gareth van Onselen

Financial value must inform land settlements

13 hour(s) ago

Establishing the value of restituted land should be an important consideration in land reform cases

Slowing growth bad for stocks

13 hour(s) ago

Michel Pireu: What would an era of long-term stagnation or a sustained period of slow growth mean for equities?

LETTER FROM LONDON: Whose side is Zuma on in Lesotho crisis talks?

13 hour(s) ago

Marvin Meintjies: Whose interests will Zuma be serving as he attempts to negotiate a solution in Lesotho?

SA’s mining address no longer in a prime area

Gavin Keeton
1 day(s) ago

Gavin Keeton: Very bright warning lights are flashing about the future of mining. Who in the government has even noticed?

UNEMBARGOED: System ‘stacked’ against the people

1 day(s) ago

Songezo Zibi asks if we are really surprised that so many people wait for the government to build them a house instead of doing it themselves

ON THE MONEY: Numbers in rescue of African Bank are the devil in the detail

Stuart Theobald promo
1 day(s) ago

There are major uncertainties around the Reserve Bank’s plan. What if it doesn’t work? Perhaps there is room to massage the solvency, writes Stuart Theobald

THE LAST WORD: Mabuza gets testy, but Telkom fails the test

2 day(s) ago

Jabu Mabuza — Telkom’s bombastic chairman, president of Business Unity SA and a former taxi driver — is not a happy man, writes Rob Rose


Previous columns


ANC must put limit on its defence of Zuma

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
1 day(s) ago

For many South Africans, the Zuma presidency has become nothing but notes on a scandal-prone head of state, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

ON WORK: Electronic diaries are simply no match for our paper past

Lucy Kellaway promo
1 day(s) ago

Not only is paper faster and requires no password, it doesn’t run out of batteries or freeze, and things don’t get mysteriously deleted, writes Lucy Kellaway

Ebola not just a health issue for Africa, but also a branding crisis

A Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) member in protective gear. Picture: AFP/CELLOU BINANI
1 day(s) ago

Africa is quickly sliding back to being a continent characterised by disease — rather than as a new frontier for investment, writes Dianna Games

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: The Young Tradition

The Young Tradition/Galleries
1 day(s) ago

Richard Haslop writes about songs of life and death, love and loss, and some British historical fact

Springboks in for the real thing on Australasian tour

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1 day(s) ago

Wales, Pumas are greatly inferior to Australia, New Zealand, writes Mark Keohane

RANTS AND SENSE: How to solve the ‘Generations’ gap

BIG EARNERS: Former 'Generations' actors address the media in Johannesburg this week about being axed from the popular soapie. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND
2 day(s) ago

The biggest problem for Generations is that it has been wildly successful and the actors want a piece of that success, writes Bruce Whitfield

MONEY MATTERS: Best recipe for your asset mix

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2 day(s) ago

Warren Ingram: How often do you revisit the balance between your shares, bonds, property and cash investments?

New free-to-air rival for SABC, e.tv on the cards

2 day(s) ago

Icasa is set to crack open South Africa’s free-to-air television industry to more competition, writes Duncan McLeod

SIGN POST: New etiquette in order for selfies and groufies

2 day(s) ago

Arthur Goldstuck: Although self-portraits are as old as photography, it has only become a consumer obsession with the advent of the front camera on the smartphone

BULLS EYE: Raise rates now to aid the masses

Jeremy Thomas promo
2 day(s) ago

It is the only way the global economy will avoid a cataclysm way worse than it suffered in 2001 or 2008, writes Jeremy Thomas

Zuma just an innocent abroad in Russia

Anthony Butler promo
4 day(s) ago

The nuclear procurement is unaffordable and irrational, and it will be a sad testimony to the decay of the ANC if it is pushed through, writes Anthony Butler

Slow thinking prevents impetuous judgments

Itumeleng Mahabane promo
4 day(s) ago

It is a justifiable expectation that those who lead society should … exercise considered, critical thinking over instinctive reactive leadership, writes Itumeleng Mahabane

WINE: The Chenin Challenge

Michael Fridjhon promo
4 day(s) ago

Line-up an indication that panel did a neat job as it is a reflection of credibility of South Africa’s top players, writes Michael Fridjhon

TWEET OF THE WEEK: The unethical trinity

5 day(s) ago

Best democratic practice is a reality so distant from Parliament we might as well look to a different dimension altogether, writes Gareth van Onselen

No silver lining for fanatics

5 day(s) ago

The silver bugs were proven wrong when the price of silver barely blinked in response to the end of the 117-year-old London silver fix, writes Bronwyn Nortje

THE INSIDER: Zuma sends condolences and congratulations

President Jacob Zuma officially opens the National House of Traditional Leaders at the Old Assembly Chambers in Parliament on Thursday. Picture: GCIS
5 day(s) ago

Presidency’s condolences and congratulations section had a busy day on Monday, issuing two statements of joy and sadness

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Zuma is reaping what he sowed as Malema revolts

Allister Sparks promo
6 day(s) ago

It was dismaying for those who care about the dignity and integrity of democratic institutions to see riot police called in to Parliament to evict an entire party, writes Allister Sparks

Track sold stocks to learn your real losses

6 day(s) ago

‘You never go broke taking a profit’ is a thoughtless aphorism, warns Michel Pireu

A plea to the powers that be to shield Mashaba from the madding crowd

Mninawa Ntloko promo
6 day(s) ago

Mashaba has been Bafana coach for only a month but, astonishingly, he is already under pressure from those who have trouble accepting him as outgoing mentor Gordon Igesund’s successor, writes Mninawa Ntloko

JSE’s top 40 companies still a male-dominated kraal

7 day(s) ago

I have been wondering what useful thing I can say to emphasise the need for women to intensify their fight in the boardrooms, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

THE INSIDER: The party is over for 21 of SA’s political parties

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7 day(s) ago

Twenty-one of South Africa’s 211 political parties will be deregistered soon if they fail to renew their annual registration

Parliament can bridge Generations gap in SA

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
8 day(s) ago

EFF’s antics in Parliament provide the perfect solution to our Generations conundrum, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

Fantasies, fun and the mass production of black millionaires

8 day(s) ago

The government’s latest fantasy is that it will be able to mass-produce black industrialists and black farmers, writes John-Kane Berman

Sadc needs to overcome flaws to benefit region

8 day(s) ago

There are leadership and resource challenges that the Southern African Development Community still needs to address, writes Adekeye Adebajo

ON THE MONEY: Moody’s mistakes Bank’s policy on African Bank

Stuart Theobald promo
8 day(s) ago

When African Bank’s case is carefully considered, it is clear that Moody’s should go back on its downgrade of South Africa’s big four banks, writes Stuart Theobald

Julius Malema: the real leader of the opposition

8 day(s) ago

The EFF knows the rules of street and the party plays by them, writes Gareth van Onselen

EFF did not invent chaos in our politics

8 day(s) ago

South Africa has been in political chaos for years but the chickens have now come home to roost for the governing party, writes Songezo Zibi

Challenges are needed to question referees’ poor decision-making

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8 day(s) ago

Referees, by way of interpretation, have too much power, writes Mark Keohane

MUSIC: PJ Powers

INDOMITABLE: PJ Powers has been sober for five years and intends to stay that way. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
8 day(s) ago

What is remarkable about PJ Powers is that her audience is borderless and ageless, writes Blaise Hopkinson

Bosses baulk at the debt-collector role

2 day(s) ago

Employers are fed up and believe the unfettered access to garnishee orders places an unacceptable burden on them, writes Ann Crotty

Mantashe is right: two capitals are fatal

Peter Bruce promo
4 day(s) ago

It isn’t that Cape Town is racist. It might just be snotty, like Barcelona or Hamburg. Or it might just be that the rest of us suffer from low self esteem, writes Peter Bruce

THE INSIDER: Ramaphosa has baptism of fire at question time

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS
4 day(s) ago

EFF MP Leigh-Ann Mathys follows up her question supplementary one about the allegation that Cyril Ramaphosa had ‘lied’ to the Marikana commission

Zuma’s plate has piled up while he rested in Russia

4 day(s) ago

While president rested between ‘low-key meetings’, ruling ANC faced more problems with courts and public protector, writes Natasha Marrian

Absurdity rules the day in justice as in headlines

5 day(s) ago

Justice is not always apparent in our society and forces us to rethink what constitutes a national crisis, writes Anton Harber

SA can follow US lead in studying labour dynamics

6 day(s) ago

Understanding labour market dynamics could help our central bank improve the way it implements monetary policy, writes Hilary Joffe

Soon water will have to be taxed as dangerous

Leon Louw promo
6 day(s) ago

Congratulations! You are alive. According to Wits University health and safety academics and others, everything is unsafe. You should be dead, writes Leon Louw

Time off from the nets is a good idea for modern Test cricketers

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7 day(s) ago

Cricket is a sport where repetitive practice can be as harmful as it can be beneficial, writes Neil Manthorp

THE INSIDER: Perk for North West number-plate makers

Increasingly crowded roads requires more vigilance and patience from drivers.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

While the province’s platinum mining business suffers from strikes and lower production, its number-plate manufacturers and embossers could soon be on a roll

LETTER FROM NAIROBI: Ebola outbreak sparks political controversies

7 day(s) ago

Muthoni Maingi looks at the politics and economics of Ebola

Non-Anglos will not let us speak their languages

Michael Skapinker promo
7 day(s) ago

English has become lingua franca of business, academia, so people reserve mother tongue for friends, family, writes Michael Skapinker

Mystique of investment advice

7 day(s) ago

You can’t really trust the media’s explanations for the daily gyrations in the market as they often get it wrong, writes Michel Pireu

STRAIGHT TALK: Moody’s proffers ‘junk’ opinion

Mark Barnes promo
8 day(s) ago

Moody’s decision was ridiculous, unfounded and without proper consideration of their context in relation to the collapse of African Bank, writes Mark Barnes

ON WORK: Why I would employ someone despite a typo in their resume

Lucy Kellaway promo
8 day(s) ago

Typos don’t necessarily mean we are sloppy, more that we are ill-equipped to do our own proofreading, writes Lucy Kellaway

Upstarts prepare to ambush the lords of finance

8 day(s) ago

After almost 10 years during which ‘innovation’ has been dirty word in finance, it would be cheering to see some genuine business creativity, writes Gillian Tett

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